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Big Ten announces 2016, 2017 conference schedules

Posted: July 11, 2013 -- 4:52 PM

MADISON, Wis. – The 2016 Big Ten football season will mark the advent of a nine-game conference schedule for the first time since 1984. On Thursday, the league announced what that conference slate will look like in the first two seasons.

In both 2016 and 2017, Wisconsin will play six games against its West Division rivals and three crossover games against East Division teams. In 2016 the three crossover games are against Michigan (away), Michigan State (away) and Ohio State (home). The following year, UW will face Maryland (home), Indiana (away) and Michigan (home)

Big Ten West Division teams will have four home conference games in 2016 and five home league games in 2017. For the Badgers, that means Ohio State, Nebraska, Illinois and Minnesota will visit Camp Randall Stadium in 2016 and Northwestern, Purdue, Maryland, Iowa and Michigan will come to Madison in 2017.

In each of 2016 and 2017, Wisconsin and Minnesota will square off on Thanksgiving weekend. That means the Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe will close the regular season for both teams every year beginning in 2014.

Wisconsin Football Future Schedules

2013

Aug. 31 UMASS

Sept. 7 TENNESSEE TECH

Sept. 14 at Arizona State

Sept. 21 PURDUE

Sept. 28 at Ohio State

Oct. 5 BYE

Oct. 12 NORTHWESTERN (Homecoming)

Oct. 19 at Illinois

Oct. 26 BYE

Nov. 2 at Iowa

Nov. 9 BYU

Nov. 16 INDIANA

Nov. 23 at Minnesota

Nov. 30 PENN STATE

Dec. 7 Big Ten Championship Game

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.

2014

Aug. 30 TBA

Sept. 6 Western Illinois

Sept. 13 TBA

Sept. 20 Bowling Green

Sept. 27 USF

Oct. 4 at Northwestern

Oct. 11 ILLINOIS

Oct. 18 BYE

Oct. 25 MARYLAND

Nov. 1 at Rutgers

Nov. 8 at Purdue

Nov. 15 NEBRASKA

Nov. 22 at Iowa

Nov. 29 MINNESOTA

Dec. 6 Big Ten Championship Game

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.

2015

Sept. 5 vs. Alabama

Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Big Ten Conference Games

Oct. 3 IOWA

Oct. 10 at Nebraska

Oct. 17 PURDUE

Oct. 24 at Illinois

Oct. 31 RUTGERS

Nov. 7 at Maryland

Nov. 14 BYE

Nov. 21 NORTHWESTERN

Nov. 28 at Minnesota

Dec. 5 Big Ten Championship Game

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.

2016

Big Ten Conference Games only

Oct. 1 at Michigan

Oct. 8 at Michigan State

Oct. 15 OHIO STATE

Oct. 22 at Iowa

Oct. 29 NEBRASKA

Nov. 5 at Northwestern

Nov. 12 ILLINOIS

Nov. 19 at Purdue

Nov. 26 MINNESOTA

Dec. 3 Big Ten Championship Game

2017

Big Ten Conference Games only

Sept. 30 NORTHWESTERN

Oct. 7 at Nebraska

Oct. 14 PURDUE

Oct. 21 MARYLAND

Oct. 28 at Illinois

Nov. 4 at Indiana

Nov. 11 IOWA

Nov. 18 MICHIGAN

Nov. 25 at Minnesota

Dec. 2 Big Ten Championship Game


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